Patriots release S Obi Melifonwu to make room for Antonio Brown
Sept. 09, 2019
In order to make the Antonio Brown signing official, the Patriots needed to move a player off the roster.
They elected to keep all their wide receivers and instead released safety Obi Melifonwu, a source confirmed.
The acquisition of Brown has not yet been announced by the team.
Melifonwu was entering his second season with the team. An athletic safety capable of playing in the deep part of the field or closer to the line of scrimmage, Melifonwu showed enough to make the initial 53-man roster despite missing the final few weeks of the preseason due to injury. Melifonwu is eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
With Brown expected to be in the fold, the Patriots are carrying eight receivers on the active roster. Brown joins Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas (who sat out of the season opener because of a hamstring injury), Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, and Matthew Slater.
Rookie receiver N’Keal Harry is on injured reserve, but is expected to return after Week 8.
Veteran Cameron Meredith remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.